There’s been a lot of talk in the dayhome community recently about some pretty big changes happening throughout the country. And change can be pretty scary when we don’t feel informed or in control as dayhome providers.
In this blog post we’ll talk about some ways that providers can get involved and have their voices heard in a meaningful way. Read on to get some tips and tricks from Mirriah on how to effectively communicate your concerns (or support) of pressing issues within the child care sector in Alberta. As one person we may not feel like we have the power to change things, but as a community – our voice is stronger.
Get involved! The best way to feel empowered is to take action! What might seem like an insignificant step could actually be the catalyst for change that you’re hoping for!
Whether you support or oppose a piece of legislation about child care, write a letter to your elected officials to tell them about it! If you are unsure how to do this follow the process below.
Write down the issue or decision and your thoughts about it. Don’t be concerned with order, grammar or spelling just write down whatever comes to mind you will sort through it all later. This is to help get your brain working and thoughts flowing.
With the brain dump complete, let it sit for a while and write an introduction for yourself. Give a bit about your background as it relates to the issue or decision. You can include things like where you live, how many children you have, what types of childcare you have used or provided, how many years of experience you have, your education, etc.
In other words, how are you connected to the issue?
Now it’s time to take your brain dump and organize it into the body of your letter. Maybe some areas need more thought or research. Try to add in as much supporting evidence as you can.
Most letters regarding child care in Alberta should be sent to the Ministry of Children Services [email protected] then it is a good idea to cc the government representative for your area depending on which level of government is involved. If the issue is municipal search for the councilor for your area. If it is provincial or federal use the search buttons below to find your representative.
Find your MLA (provincial government representative)
Find your MP (federal government representative)
Let your voice be heard!